Scott Janssen, the "Mushing Mortician," 49, was born and raised in Crookston, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree with a major in Mortuary Science in 1985 and moved to Alaska in June of that year to work as a mortician at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. He has been a mortician and funeral home owner for the last 26 years.
Scott has been a friend and sponsor of Paul Gebhardt for 12 years and began mushing in 2007. He says "Iditarod has been my dream since 1986." He has run both the Knik 200 and the Taiga 300 mid distance races in Alaska. He and his wife of thirty years, Debbie, are the parents of two adult daughters, Angela and Chelsea. Scott is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the ICCFA, and Kiwanis. He says he enjoys camping, skiing, hunting, fishing, and "riding my Harley."Learn more at Scott’s website: www.JanssenFuneralHomes.com Sponsors: Janssen Funeral Homes; Morning View Kennels; Northern Outfitters; Matthews Casket Company; Bill & Doris Janssen; George & Denise Eastman; Dorothy Drellack; Color Art Printing; Dean?s Automotive; Batesville Casket Company; Rosenacher & Associates; TBA Theatre;